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Man of Steel Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
December 21, 2013
Christliness has always been an element of the Superman myth. But this film's near literal insistence upon it becomes absurd since director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer don't dramatize the analogy, they presume it.
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
September 22, 2013
No fun costume change in a phone booth, no wowing humans with his powers and no repartee with reporter Lois Lane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
The movie consists of endless declamation, endless violence.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 14, 2013
There's very little humor or joy in this Superman story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
June 14, 2013
There's plenty to like in Snyder's hectic, rowdy film. But by the time we reach the bludgeoning excesses of the last half-hour it's hard to shake the sense that this was an opportunity at least partially missed.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 14, 2013
Cavill broods handsomely as Superman, but this reboot skimps on fun and romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2013
The movie delivers on the promise of its title and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 14, 2013
Man of Steel packs quite a wallop. A few too many wallops, as it turns out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 14, 2013
The chief problem here is one of rhythm and balance in the storytelling and directing. The movie swings between destructive overstatement and flat-footed homilies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 13, 2013
It all gets exhaustingly bombastic although, sequence by sequence, Man of Steel is something worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
The mechanical storytelling swamps a first-rate cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 13, 2013
For now, audiences can only speculate as to the hidden depths of Cavill, who in Zack Snyder's busy, bombastic creation myth is reduced to little more than a joyless cipher or dazzling physical specimen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 13, 2013
Snyder provides an elegantly illuminated retelling of the origin story of that most saintly of superheroes, Superman.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 13, 2013
You get the feeling [Snyder] would rather have chucked the entire back story, not to mention the front story, and just delivered up nonstop bashing. Which he sort of does anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 13, 2013
By the end, Man of Steel has mutated into just another superhero action movie, with explosions galore and city buildings toppling like so many Legos. Lather, rinse, repeat. That's too bad because ... Man of Steel has so much going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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June 13, 2013
Man of Steel's violence doesn't escalate; it simply, tediously, iterates. We keep waiting to thrill, to exult, to cheer our hero on. When the lights come up, we're still waiting.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 13, 2013
For those who crave cinematic mayhem, Man of Steel is right up your alley (and it will make a ton of money).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 13, 2013
Man of Steel is a bumpy ride for sure. But there's no way to stay blind to its wonders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 13, 2013
What seals the movie's doom ... is its surrender to the lower power of coarsegrained action and computer-generated images of inexplicable banality.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2013
Man of Steel is just the same old same old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 13, 2013
"Man of Steel" doesn't do quite as much damage to the 75-year-old hero, but next time out I hope his lighter spirits are allowed to soar.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 13, 2013
Man of Steel starts feeling like just another generic superhero movie - the exact opposite to the radical and unique stamp Nolan placed on the Dark Knight trilogy
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 13, 2013
Every opportunity for humor, compassion or plausible responses to otherworldly phenomena is buried beneath product placements and CGI special effects.
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Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers
June 13, 2013
If Man of Steel is Snyder at his most conventional, he's still more inspired and innovative than his competition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
[Nolan and Goyer's] screenplay is a big improvement over the previous one, mainly because they've created a satisfying arc between the hero's genesis story and the big battle at the end.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 13, 2013
Mr. Snyder isn't capable of mythmaking, but in his sometimes poetic, sometimes crude way, he has given Superman a new lease on franchise life by affirming that this most American hero is also an alien yearning to breathe free.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 13, 2013
[It] is thoughtfully crafted and occasionally breathtaking; what it isn't, unfortunately, is much fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 12, 2013
"Man of Steel" is second-tier and third-generation Chris Nolan-flavored neo-superhero material.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2013
If you like your summer-movie explosions huge, "Man of Steel" delivers. But it seems as if it might have delivered even more than a glorious noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 12, 2013
Even though some of the attempts at gravitas don't work, the movie does make you believe that a flying man in tights is a thing of scary awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 12, 2013
The action is plentiful and thumping; Marvel-size thrills await you and the generations of kids who still believe in Superman.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2013
[Cavill is] a superb choice for someone who needs to convincingly convey innate modesty, occasional confusion and eventual strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 12, 2013
Henry Cavill has the strapping good looks of the comic icon, and humanity to match his superheroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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June 12, 2013
By effectively denying Superman his defining traits-his complex relationships to duty and humanity-the movie robs the character of any depth or agency.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 12, 2013
The movie isn't dead on arrival, like Snyder's over-reverent Watchmen. But it's pleasure-free.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 12, 2013
"Man of Steel" has a scope that's hard to resist, but what's missing is a sense of lightness, of pop joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2013
Cavill looks great in the key outfit. Maybe that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 12, 2013
Despite an obscene budget that could have made a giant stride in the cure for cancer, there isn't much originality, and the whole endeavor appears to be the work of grown men who never outgrew puberty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 12, 2013
The casting is impeccable, beginning with Cavill as an uncommonly brooding but refreshingly deep Superman. The script doesn't give him much to say, but it doesn't need to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 11, 2013
Mostly, the minutes stretch into great expanses of blahness, much of them filled with Transformers-grade skyscraper snapping and bloodless catastrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2013
Never has a race to save the fate of humankind seemed so tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
June 11, 2013
The result is a film that, while relentlessly grim and badly in need of humor, manages to be a smart, nuanced take on the Superman mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 11, 2013
"Man of Steel" mostly delivers. And credit for that goes to its director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 11, 2013
Despite some true-blue juice, "Man of Steel" has flaws it can't overcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 11, 2013
'Man of Steel' is punchy, engaging and fun, even if it slips into a final 45 minutes of explosions and fights during which reason starts to vanish and the science gets muddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
June 11, 2013
There's almost a story here. And the actors, including the picture's quietly dazzling star, Henry Cavill, do their damnedest to draw it out.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 11, 2013
The movie can't decide if it wants to be a particularly thoughtful brand of superhero saga or a deafeningly generic summer action movie. So it ends up being both, to the detriment of it and us.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 11, 2013
[Snyder] does a highly respectable, and sometimes inspired job of retooling the basic Superman mythology in "Man of Steel.''
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
June 11, 2013
The gravity that cloaks ''Man of Steel'' is merely an en vogue costume.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 11, 2013
Zack Snyder's huge, backstory-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn't cry out to be done but proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it's hard not to give in.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 11, 2013
The ambition to make a grittier kind of Superman pic is certainly admirable, but much of what Snyder and Goyer set out to fix wasn't really broken in the first place.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 10, 2013
Now that the requisite origin story has been accomplished, the movie lays the ground for some thrilling sequels featuring a Superman who's both exactly what people want to see and a significantly different take on a well-established character.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 10, 2013
Instead of making a blockbuster Superman movie, Snyder has turned the Superman narrative into yet another modern day blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: C+